Best in the West

The Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild (SAWG) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary by hosting the 43rd Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies’ Exhibit. Juror Ted Nuttall narrowed 1,000 entries down to the top 100 watercolor paintings from the 12 participating watercolor societies from the nine states West of the Mississippi River that the show rotates between every year.

“I’m always amazed at the range of approaches and points of view presented by the members of the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. … Aside from the considerations for composition, technique, color, tone, texture, perspective, what finally draws me into a painting is often inexplicable,” says Nuttall.

“Deanna” by Bill Dale (SWS) won Best of Show ($1,000)


“Offering” by Laurel McGuire (IWS) won the David Gale Founders Award ($700)


“Ladies in Red” by Mary Elle (WSO) won SAWG’s 50th Anniversary Award ($500), sponsored by Betsy Conrad


“Tokyo, Morning Rain” by Ian Ramsay (UWS) won a $500 Award of Excellence.


Sleeping Beauty” by Tracy Lynn Ross (SAWG) won a $500 Award of Excellence.


“Smith House” by Sue Martin (USW) won a $500 Award of Excellence.


“CuppaJoe” by Jane Underhill (AWA) won a $500 Award of Excellence.

SAWG is proud to be one of the rare arts non-profits to own their own gallery in Tucson, where this show hangs through June 24th. If you can’t make it in to see this impressive show in person, you can visit SAWG’s Facebook Group to see albums of all 100 paintings and the rest of the 22 winners.

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